Since last month’s post, “SUNY Plattsburgh Trivia”, turned out to be so popular I decided to do another round. With all the good trivia gone, I’ve always wondered what the stories were behind the names of some of the buildings around SUNY Plattsburgh. Some were obvious and some were surprising. I admit I couldn’t find the meanings behind every campus building so if you can fill in some of the blanks, please shoot me an email.
Adirondack Hall: Named for the nearby Adirondack Mountains.
Banks Hall: Named in memory of Dr. Marie Banks, professor of home economics.
deFredenburgh Hall: Named for Count Charles deFredenburgh, who was the first European settler in the area. He was the founder of a settlement called Freburg which occupied the sight of present day Plattsburgh.
Harrington Hall: Named for Charles M. Harrington. Harrington was a prominent attorney and judge in Plattsburgh, who served in the New York State Legislature and the College Council.
Hood Hall: Named for Diana R. Hood, a former residence hall director and Dean of Women from 1964 to 1969.
Kent Hall: Named for James Kent. Kent was a local attorney who served on the Supreme Court and authored the book, “Commentaries on American Law.” This book is considered one of the most widely used legal references by the American Bar Association.
MacDonough Hall: Named for Commodore Thomas MacDonough, commander in charge of the American forces who were victorious over the British in the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1812.
Macomb Hall: Named for General Alexander Macomb. General Macomb directed the American Land forces against the British in the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812.
Mason Hall: Named for Ernest S. and Frederick E. Mason. Both were former local businessmen and members of the college council.
Moffitt Hall: Named for local Civil War hero Brigadier General Stephen Moffitt. After the war, Moffitt became a State Assemblyman who was influential in passing legislation to establish a Normal School in Plattsburgh.
Whiteface Hall: Named for Whiteface Mountain, famous as the skiing venue for the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics in nearby Lake Placid.
Wilson Hall: Lewis W. Wilson. Mr. Wilson was associated with the New York State Education Department for 43 years and served as Commissioner of Education from 1950-1955.
Beaumont Hall: Named for Dr. William Beaumont, known as the “Father of Gastric Physiology”.
Champlain Valley Hall: Named for the Champlain Valley region which surrounds Lake Champlain. CVH was previously Champlain Valley School of Nursing.
Hawkins Hall: Named for George K. Hawkins, the principal of Plattsburgh Normal School from 1898 to 1933. Hawkins Hall replaced the original Normal Hall.
Hudson Hall: Named for George Henry Hudson, who served as Professor of Natural Science from 1890-1926.
Memorial Hall: (unknown, but possibly a memorial to a war.)
Myers Fine Arts Building: Suggested to be named for John H. Myers, a prominent businessman and local politician in Plattsburgh during the late 1890’s.
Redcay Hall: Named for Dr. Edward “Doc” Redcay, president of the college from 1952-1954.
Sibley Hall: Named for Margaret Sibley, a long-time teacher in the Campus School when it was located in Hawkins Hall.
Ward Hall: Named for Dr. Charles C. Ward, the fourth principal of the Plattsburgh Normal School.
Yokum Hall: Suggested to be named for George E. Yokum, a former music teacher.
Angell College Center : Named for Dr. George Angell, president of the college from 1954-1974.
Kehoe Administration Building: Suggested to be named after Harry P. Kehoe, a prominent Judge in Plattsburgh who was appointed Deputy Attorney-General for the State of New York in the early 1920’s.
Feinberg Library: Named for Benjamin F. Feinberg. He was a prominent Plattsburgh native and New York State Senator who sponsored the 1948 legislation creating the State University of New York system.
Saranac Hall (“The Bookstore”): Named for the Saranac River which runs along the southern border of the campus.
Algonquin Dining Hall: Names for the native American tribes indigenous to the region.
Clinton Dining Hall: Named for Clinton County.
The Sundowner Cafe: Named as such because it was originally supposed to be open significantly later in to the evening than other dining facilities.
Other Random Stuff Around Campus
Amité Plaza: This area between the Angell College Center and the Myers Fine Arts Building is named after its huge metal sculpture of two people shaking hands. Amité is french for Amity, which means “peaceful relations, as between nations” and the sculpture represents the friendly relationship between the U.S. and Canada.
Ronald B. Stafford Ice Hockey Arena: Stafford was a popular and influential New York State Senator, representing the North Country for 37 years.
Chip Cummings Baseball Field: Alumnus of 1956 who was instrumental in baseball returning to Plattsburgh as a varsity sport.
Albert R. Montanaro Television Studio: Montanaro was a professor who was instrumental in building the Communications Department.
Willard C. Flynt Commons (“The Blue Room”): Flynt was a former VP for student affairs.
Draper Avenue: Named after Judge Andrew S. Draper, former State Superintendent of Public Institution who was instrumental in bringing the Normal School to Plattsburgh.